The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 


New: Ba'nu Choshekh L'kadesh

A tikkun for a Chanukah song that was antithetical to Chanukah and Nature

Make an Ice Menorah!

What's cool about an ice menorah: reflections in the ice — it floats!! — a renewable resource — meditatiom on our melting glaciers...

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Chanukah v. Purim: Awakening from Above

The dreidel v. the grogger.

The Existential Dreidel

Rebbe Nachman's explanation for why we spin the Dreidel. Those letters on the Dreidel mean something completely different than you thought. Mind-blowing...

Redemption In Darkness

Some reflections on the meaning of Chanukah.

"Starlight and menorah light"

Three Hanukkah teachings about holy darkness, in Times of Israel, with more links


Meditation song for Chanukah — Ana Bekhoach

A Skolier nigun for Ana Bekhoach used for meditating on the Chanukah candles.

Fixing Maoz Tzur, and a plea to cancel Mi Yimalel

Two popular Chanukah songs with opposite theologies, but both have problems

Ba'nu Choshekh L'kadesh

We need to savor the darkness, not banish it.

A Breslov Chanukah Nigun

A nigun taken from Ma'oz Tzur, as sung by Berkeley's Richard Kaplan

Reb Naftali's Brokha

A blessing for people who use this site from Reb Naftali Citron, rabbi of the Carlebach Shul.

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